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One dish rules after backyard salmon grill-off

The timing seemed just about perfect last week for a Salmon Grill-Off in our backyard. For one thing, Copper River salmon (and other equally fine Alaska salmon) were showing up …


Taking a shine to spring chinook

Inland Northwest spring chinook anglers tend to wait for the most oil-rich of salmon to come to them. Indeed, action during short upriver seasons can be frantic when water conditions …


Wild fall chinook almost ready for mainstream

Fisheries biologists say the recent surge in fall chinook returning to the Snake River is exciting, incredible and nothing short of amazing. The numbers are so high that some people …


Landers: Record salmon forecast sparks record optimism

Chinook salmon were the topic of boom and gloom last week during the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show. Washington is forecast to be flooded with a record 1.6 million fall …


Tribes talk salmon, dams as Columbia River Treaty renewal looms

Northwest tribes and their Canadian counterparts are meeting in Spokane this week to discuss engineering solutions for getting salmon over Grand Coulee Dam. Returning chinook, sockeye and steelhead to the …


Huge runs of salmon predicted for Columbia River

Another, even bigger, version of 2013’s record run of fall chinook to the Columbia River is forecast for this year – the largest flood of salmon since fish counts began …


Cedar sculpin fish species discovered in region’s streams

Genetic testing has confirmed the presence of a new fish species in the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe rivers. Cedar sculpins are small, prehistoric-looking and tasty to trout. For decades, …


East Side springer angling shunned

The hopes of Eastern Washington anglers to shift a larger share of the spring chinook allocation upriver and to the lower Snake River appear to be going nowhere. A seven-member …


House panel hears debate on modified salmon

OLYMPIA – Last year’s ballot battle over genetically modified food got a rerun in a legislative committee Friday as some fishing groups called for a ban on re-engineered salmon and …


Landers: Canoeists paddle way of Columbia salmon

Among the scientists and officials at the Lake Roosevelt Forum’s 2013 Conference this week were three young men with notably strong arms. Agency and tribal representatives convened at the Davenport …


U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas

Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …


Anglers tapping record run of king salmon this season

Four lucky anglers found their way to the Ringold Springs boat launch in the pre-dawn darkness last week and used flashlights to find their fishing guide. They’d booked a salmon …


Landers: Chinook too young to be mammoth

Two hot fishing topics emerged this week: • Where are the behemoths in the Columbia River’s record run of chinook salmon?


Out & About: Record salmon run threat to dogs

OUTFISH – For dog owners, there is a downside to this year’s record-breaking return of fall chinook in the Snake River basin. Anglers are catching many of those fish and …


Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …


Tonight’s INCA After Dark set to serve up salmon ceviche

Learn new ways to cook the Pacific Northwest’s most famous fish at INCA After Dark tonight. On the menu: salmon ceviche with mango, lime and cilantro; steamed salmon en papillote …


Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage

Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the …


Field reports: Fall chinook run sets record

FISHING – It’s not a run of fall chinook salmon coming up the Columbia River this season. It’s a stampede. On Friday, the 2013 run topped the record since counting …


Field reports: Canoeists on path of Columbia salmon

RIVERS – An expedition of canoeists and Native American students is leading an upstream effort advocating construction of a fish ladder at Grand Coulee Dam to reintroduce chinook salmon runs …


Father, son steelheaders have method to their madness

In a quote often attributed to Albert Einstein, it’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, you might …


Drop in barge use may factor into dam debate

SEATTLE – Four dams on the Lower Snake River essentially managed to turn Lewiston, Idaho, into a port city about 400 miles inland. But some farmers shipping their wheat to …


Out & About: Program, book examine Elwha River restoration

OUTBACK – The author of “ Elwha: A River Reborn“ will be in Spokane on Tuesday for a free presentation on the people, places, fish and history behind the world’s …


Yakamas celebrate return of sockeye

SALMON LA SAC, Wash. – Yakama Nation biologists released thousands of sockeye salmon into a Central Washington lake over the past four summers to restore fish runs that were decimated …


Colvilles celebrate $50 million hatchery

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Cheers went up when Colville tribal fisherman Mylan Williams hauled a 20-pound chinook out of the Columbia River with a dip net. Then hats came off in …


Field reports: Sockeye fishing opens on upper Columbia

FISHING – Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says salmon anglers …


Columbia hatchery opening set for today

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery today on the Columbia River. The Chief Joseph Hatchery will raise chinook salmon …


Field Reports: Montana curbs increase of wolves

PREDATORS – Montana wildlife officials say hunting and other measures have turned the tide on the growth of gray wolf populations increasing since the 1900s. At least 625 wolves inhabited …


Out & About: Record fall chinook run forecast for Hanford Reach

OUTRUN – A potential record run of fall chinook salmon is forecast for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. The preliminary estimate released by the Washington Department of Fish …


East Side anglers lobby for higher Snake River chinook quotas

Often shorted their share of spring chinook, anglers east of the Cascades want a dialog with Washington, Oregon and Idaho during 2013 leading to a better fishery in the Snake …


Study: Salmon get home using Earth’s magnetic field

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Salmon have long been known to use their sense of smell to find their home river when it comes time to spawn, but how do they …